As I meet with individuals and couples, either in my role as a church leader or in my role as the Human Resources officer for my employer, I often find…
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Psychological Capital — PsyCap
Psychological Capital introduces both a significant stream of research and an important framework for the application of positive psychology to organizations.
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Grandma Had It Right! Positive Psychology And Common Folk Wisdom
My unscientific finding, as I continue to delve into the world of well-being and quality of life research, is that there are countless phrases that I heard from my grandmother and other wise people throughout my life that are now backed up with relevant research. Consequently, I feel much more confident about using them with others and even believing in them myself.
Europeans generally don’t celebrate Thanksgiving; we have important, though quieter harvest festivals, and we wish you North Americans ease. Sitting between Diwalli (Hindu) and Christmas (pagan in its timing), the…
In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have attached a letter my grandfather sent to my grandmother from the western front. It was dated November 7th, 1918, and she wrote on the envelope “Telling about the war stopped.”
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Why Seeing “The Bucket List” Might Change Your Life & Make You Happy
Imagine this: A corporate billionaire and a working class mechanic have nothing in common until they share a hospital room and realize that they both share a burning desire to spend the time that they do have left to accomplish unfulfilled dreams until they “kick the bucket.”
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Happiness at Work
What can Positive Psychology say about being happy at work? Are there some people for whom happiness at work is easier? Are there actual ways to increase happiness at work? Yesterday, a few of us answered questions on a radio show with host and best-selling author, Karen Salmansohn.
Studies under the expanding umbrella of positive psychology tell us that we have Hope when our goal is supported by self-efficacy and self agency (Snyder). So goal setting is good and having the means to get…
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I’d love to be the kind of guy . . .
Preparing for a workshop I was running last week, I e-mailed the 20 or so participants with briefing notes and added a PS to the warn them that I would be hobbling on crutches as I had “recently broken my leg whilst roller-blading in the Andes with a bunch of Brazilian dancers.”
Two delightful people initially believed my explanation to which I could only say, “I really wish I were the kind of guy that could be true of.” […]
Last fall, HBO aired a documentary that had good intentions and a terrible outcome. “Thin” was created by filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, whose goal was to show the devastation of eating disorders and the price its sufferers pay in health, well-being and overall quality of life. She succeeded. And that’s the problem.
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The Happy-Well: Positive Psychology Tips for Living Well and Longer
We are bombarded by science news every day that tells us what to eat, how to exercise, and what risk factors should worry us. Should we eat chocolate? Should we…
Yikes! I’m turning 50 in ten days. It’s hard to believe. Where did the time go? What have I accomplished? What have I contributed? What do I want to accomplish…
Albert Bandura says, “The problem we have in psychology is that we don’t profit from our successes. … we lack implementation models for translating theory into effective practice.” His belief that people learn from role models has evolved into long-running radio or television dramas that exemplify behaviors that contribute to social goals.
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Compete in Your Game in 2007– Stay Focused on Your Goals
Stop! The New Year is here! What are your resolutions? What are you going to do this year?! Many of you are thinking about what you want to achieve in…